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It's "generally recommended" practice to hyphenate uncommon or unusual
compounds (general principle) if there are no other specific
guidelines. I should note that this is for the US, not for other
geographic regions,which often differ, even if they speak a version of
the english language. For example, when I've worked on Australian
content, I've noticed that they tend not to hyphenate. Also, one
should be aware of other general principles proposed by organizations
such as Chicago, MS MOS, or APA (see below).
Any such recommendation can (obviously) be overridden by your
company's general guidelines.
General usage/style guides such as Chicago or MS MOS or APA (in US)
have more explicit recommendations, and sometimes they agree.
On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 9:54 PM, Odile Sullivan-Tarazi
<odile -at- mindspring -dot- com> wrote:
> Well, no, it's not in the dictionary. Perhaps too new a term? Not commonly
> used in the general language?
> But I mean, in terms of general principles, would you hyphenate it or not?
> I'd thought perhaps so because of the double "re" at the beginning of the
> word, but I see "rerelease" in AH. MW's not much help, unless I'm missing
> something in my haste. A Google search turns up the solid form in common
> use. But these are all manner of blogs and casual discussions. I haven't
> had a chance to diligently search published sources.
> At 9:05 PM -0500 9/23/08, Kathleen MacDowell wrote:
>> Good point about the dictionary, Andrew. I'd tend to hyphenate because
>> it looks like it might be misunderstood otherwise (another cue).
>> On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 7:37 PM, Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
>>> Odile Sullivan-Tarazi wrote:
>>>> Would you hyphenate "rerender" or spell it solid?
>>> It's not in my dictionary; I'd hyphenate.
>>> === Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
>> > === Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA
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